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In the presence of history - Stuart Nash

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With dozens of former Labour MPs descending on Parliament last month to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the first Labour Government, the media was gleefully anticipating some potential fireworks.

“We certainly identified the possibility of some robust debate as a risk factor,” says Napier MP Stuart Nash, who came up with the idea for the celebration and hosted it with Andrew Little.

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Pharmac's underfunding is costing Kiwi lives

It is easy to point the finger at “political interference” when it comes to the tough decisions Pharmac is increasingly having to make around funding life-saving healthcare for Kiwis.

But nothing screams ‘political interference’ like the underfunding of our most successful health model.

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Labour line-up to take the 2017 election

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Opposition Leader Andrew Little has today announced a strong and talented shadow Cabinet to take Labour into the 2017 election.

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of.

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Andrew Little Remarks on the Attacks in Paris

A city that represents the best about our civilisation has been attacked by those who want to return us to the worst kind of barbarism.

The opposition condemns the attacks in Paris in the strongest possible terms.

We support the efforts to track down and bring to justice the perpetrators of this atrocity.

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Annette King - Speech to 2015 NZLP Conference

Palmerston North, Saturday 7 November 2015

One of my all-time favourite movies is that 1997 Australian great – The Castle – where an "ordinary family" stands up to big money and bureaucracy, and wins.

There are many memorable quotes from the movie which 18 years on can still be used today.

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Grant Robertson: Speech to Labour Party Conference

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It is a pleasure to be back in Palmerston North, the city of my birth.   It is true to say that my family left Palmy reasonably soon thereafter, but there is no truth to the rumour that as a 16 month old I went to my mother to request a transfer!

Coming to Palmerston North these days is to see a city and region that is bursting with potential.  A strong university, science organisations to build on on the primary industry base, the potential for new and innovative businesses. Now, if we could just get a government that backs the regions!

Delegates, it is school prize giving season. For anyone cynical about future generations, attendance at these is a life-affirming experience.  They are heart-warming celebrations of success, albeit a bit of a marathon for parents and unsuspecting MPs.

Success comes in many forms at these prizegivings. From the students winning subject prizes, to the awards for leadership, sporting and cultural achievements, to the students who have proudly made it through five years of school. All of them are celebrated, because as one principal put it to me, we don’t judge our success on the marks our dux gets, we judge our success on producing a cohort of confident, resilient young people.

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Andrew Little Speech to Committee for Auckland — September 30th 2015

Introduction – A better future for Auckland

Tena Koutou Katoa.

Thank you so much for the invitation to speak to you this afternoon.

[Acknowledgements]

When I was living in Auckland in the 1990’s, the most common phrase I heard when talking about the city and its issues at the time was “if only they had done this 30 years ago, or forty years ago, or fifty years ago.”

Auckland is a city with a history of putting things off and playing constant catch up.

That suggests a city not confident about its place or its future.

But that’s not Auckland now.

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Andrew Little: Speech to Cullen Breakfast

Section One – Andrew’s Approach

Tēnā Koutou Katoa.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to address you this morning.

These breakfasts are an important meeting place for leaders and thinkers in modern New Zealand. It’s a real honour to speak today.

I want to give you an idea of the direction of the Government I will lead, and the type of Prime Minister I hope to be.

It won’t surprise you that I think we need to make big changes to the direction of our country.

Some of the most basic aspirations that New Zealanders hold are becoming harder to achieve.

New Zealanders don’t ask the world. But we do have high hopes for our families, and there are some things we see defining our unique place in the world.

Most of all, what Kiwis want is a chance to work hard and build a secure future for ourselves and our families.

That’s what my parents were able to do.

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The Man Who Saved the World

The Wellington premier of the film “The Man Who Saved the World” was hosted at the Beehive Theatrette last night.
Among the audience were Ambassadors and members of the Diplomatic Corps, MPs, former leading New Zealand diplomats and a former Governor General. There was a strong and positive response to the film and the messages it carried.
The film is the true story of Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov. It is about how close the world came to being destroyed by a computer error which nearly precipitated a nuclear war.

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